Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 11

Q. 11. What are God’s works of providence?

A. God’s works of providence are his most holy, wise and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.

God’s works of providence reveal his attributes – His holiness, His wisdom, and His omnipotence.

These attributes of God are instrumental in preserving and governing all of His creatures, and every one of their actions.

God causes everything to happen in this world. God’s works of providence are His outworking of His eternal decrees.

This is according to His infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.

God works out His eternal decrees in His works of creation and providence.

All things come to pass immutably, and infallibly according to God’s eternal decrees. By His providence, he orders everything to happen in this world either necessarily, freely, or contingently.

There are no exceptions.  Nothing happens in this world is outside the works of God’s providence.

As the providence of God does, in general, reach to all creatures; so, after a most special manner, it takes care of His church, and disposes all things to the good of it.

Read Proverbs 16:9;33